16 January 2016 First Month of Marijuana Plant Growth

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Home cultivation of marijuana plant growing. Procedure was trial and error and extracting information from the internet.
Three seeds were germinated by placing on a damp paper towel and placing in a warm temperature of about 25C. The seeds sprouted in three days.
The seeds were then planted in a plastic cup in homemade plant soil, which is used for all of my seedlings. In three to five days the seeds grew a long skinny plant.
To improve the plant artificial light a compact fluorescent lamp 60 watts full spectrum with a reflector was added in a five gallon bucket, with a fan to gently stir the plant. Light was applied 24 hours a day. The soil temperate was about 28C.The lamp generates little heat. When the plant began to perk up, it was placed in a larger pot. It appears to be thriving. The height of the lamp from the plant can be adjusted easily by tying back the electrical cord. It appears by some innovation that the plant can be matured by adding another 5 gallon pail on top of the existing set up. It is important to gently agitate growing seedling to strengthen the main stalk. But the most important variable is light. Sunlight is best but usually not sufficient in a Northern winter climate.

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1 January 2017 Sweet Potato Slips

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My six sweet potato slips are outgrowing their pots so were transplanted into a larger container. They were placed in the greenhouse. Establishing strong roots prior to planting in the outdoor garden improves production.

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1 January 2017 Mung Bean Sprouts

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Experimenting growing various seeds/grains to make sprouts, production has been narrowed to using two types, wheat for sprouting to make bread, and mung bean sprouts for daily use. The mung beans from a bulk store are viable, low price, and sprout in a liter jar in four days. They are utilized in soups, made into drinkable slurry with apple juice, steamed as a vegetable, or eaten raw. It was found other types of sprouts are not as active as the two chosen, in other words not worth the effort required. Many do not sprout due to commercial processing. One half cup of mung beans make a liter jar of sprouts in four days. The hulls tend to float and may be poured off and discarded or utilised as desired. I have a jar continually growing on the back of the kitchen sink.

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29 December 2016 Seedling Light System

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Natural window sunlight is used for most of my indoor growing. Often this is insufficient depending upon the weather. I put together a simple system from purchased parts from Home Depot. A 23 Watt Compact Fluorescent Bulb daylight spectrum was used, a simple reflector, and a 23 liter plastic pail. The heat produced is minor and may be ignored. The lamp fixture was $20.00 complete. The Compact Fluorescent daylight spectrum bulbs were $20.00 for four. The pails was $3.00. I will add a small fan when one if found to move the air in the pail.

Another CFL
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005P29K1S/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Hydroponic Full Spectrum CFL Grow Light Bulb 60 Watt Bulb 5500K H60

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28 December 2016 Marijuana Seeds

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Four marijuana seeds were started from seed.The seeds were soaked for 12 hours in water, placed on a folded damp serviette and forty eight hours later they germinated. The spouted seeds were placed in soil just below the surface on a heating pad set at ~25C.One seed did not grow. Three are growing well. The soil was typical homemade potting soil. The soil is kept slightly damp and placed in a window for light.

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20 December 2016 Preparing Garlic

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This garlic is from my garden. I weight to determine the size of my product.The bulb weighed 104 grams and the cloves were 14,23,28,12,10,17 grams. Average 17 grams.
Garlic has maximum beneficial effects if prepared prior to ingesting. To release the enzymes to be effective the garlic must be crushed and allowed to sit for a minimum of 15 minutes before utilizing. Also too high heat destroys the beneficial effects if applied for a long time. The chopped garlic is fried at low heat to ameliorate the burning effect of the garlic. It is preferable to eat raw but I find the flavour is too strong.

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20 December 2016 Dinner

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Dinner. Garlic bulb, mixed juice, slice of sprouted whole wheat bread, bowl of powdered vegetable soup mixed with previously cooked mixed dried beans and garlic added,a hard boiled egg.
The garlic bulb was crushed and allowed to activate enzymes for about 15 minutes and fried to ameliorate the sting somewhat. The mixed beans were previously pressure cooked and kept in the refrigerator. The juice was a mixture of tomato, concord grape, pear, and mixed vegetable. The mung beans were sprouted.

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Marijuana Growing from Seed

Stages for Home Growing.
Germination.
Growing to maturity.
When to harvest.
Trimming buds and curing.
Decarboxylate
Preparing cannabutter.
Making cookies for ingesting.
Methods of ingestion

Marijuana seeds are readily available from many sources on the Internet. Price is about $10.00 per seed. Probably best to pay using Interac.
Germinating Method

After germination the seedlings are planted in a pot as shown below.
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Pictures depict the procedure.

How to Decarboxylate Cannabis
How to decarboxylate your cannabis before cooking with it. Dry small pieces of marijuana for 40 minutes at 240F in oven or dehydrator. Prior to utilizing. An Excalibur dehydrator is ideal.
http://herb.co/decarboxylation/ Explanation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYEQaTG0WX8 Video of the decarboxylate
procedure

CannaButter In 7 Easy Steps! http://www.420magazine.com/forums/cannabis-edibles/37701-cannabutter-7-easy-steps.html

If your looking to make some special treats, Cannabutter is a vital ingredient. The process of making cannabutter is basically just melting butter with marijuana, Straining the marijuana And then re-solidifying the butter. This works because THC (the chemical in marijuana that gets you “high”) sticks to the fat cells in butter. Cannabutter can be used in any recipe that calls for butter or oil.

In this thread I will attempt to teach those who don’t know how to make Cannabutter, how to do so. The pictures may help a little but in the end it’s the text that will help you most.

You will need,
1.) A large saucepan
2.) A stir spoon
3.) Sticks Of Butter (Its about 1lb. of butter to every ounce of weed so make sure you do the math).
4.20) Marijuana
5.) Cheesecloth, and some elastics
6.) A couple tupperware containers with lids

Step 1.
Bring a few cups of water to a boil on the stovetop, it doesn’t really matter how much water you use because in the end it will all be seperated, Just make sure the marijuana is always floating about 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of the pan.
Step 2.
When the water is at a boil place the butter in the pan, again it’s about 1lb. of butter, 4 sticks, to every ounce of marijuana, so if your using a half ounce of bud thats about 2 sticks of butter. Be sure not to let the butter burn, if it appears to be burning then let melt on a medium setting.

Move the dial to low heat once butter has melted, it should look like this

Step 3.
Now that the butter has melted you can now add the marijuana, Here I used about 5 grams of fresh nug and about 7 grams of vaped bud. Again make sure the stove is now on a low setting.
Stir occasionally, I tend to stir every time the mix starts bubbling.
I usually let the bud simmer for 3 hours, But you can always tell it’s done when the top of the mix turns from a really watery consistency to glossy and thick.
Step 4.
While letting the mix simmer, You are now going to need to get the cheesecloth strainer ready, which will also be used to store the cannabutter.
Take two sheets of cheese cloth and fold each one over so they each have two layers, place these over a tupperware container (with the lid off), and secure them there with elastics.
It shoud look like this, I say to make two just incase one container runs out of room.

Step 5.
When the water has turned glossy and thick on top it should look like this

You are now ready to strain the marijuana out of the mix, place your tupperware containers with the cheesecloth lids in the sink and slowly pour the entire mix on top of the cheesecloth like pictured here,

When the saucepan is empty carefully undo the elastic, pick up the cheesecloth from all four sides and squeeze all of the remaining butter out,

I throw away the marijuana after this, you can try and dry it out, let me know what happens.
Step 6.
Now place the lid on the tupperware and place it in the fridge to sit overnight, You need to do this so the water can seperare from the cannabutter, be patient.
Step 7.
Now that you have awakened in anticipation for your new treat, its time to separate the waste water!
It should look like this now, The cannabutter on top, the waste water on bottom.

Take the lid off the tuperware and hold it upside down over the sink, place a dish in the sink to catch any cannabutter that may fall, squeeze two sides of the tupperware and the waste water will pour out, once all the water is gone your done! The cannabutter is ready to cook with.

If you do not wish to cook with it now, you can just place it back in the tupperware, place the lid back on and store it in the fridge.

And be careful, the high from eating “special edibles” is often considered much more intense then inhaling, lasting anywhere from 2-8 hours. Do not attempt to eat too many at first. And I wouldn’t recommend driving. Just chill out, and enjoy!

Cannabutter Cookies
After making cannabutter, then cookies are made to ingest the product. The strength of the cookie depends wholly on how much marijuana induced butter you decide to bake into them. This is determined by trial, add small amounts and experiment. Effects lag behind ingesting so proceed with caution.
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Ingredients: Basic Recipe.
•1/2 cup cannabis butter
•1/8 cup brown sugar.
•1 cup flour
•1/8 cup water.
Mix butter, sugar and water. Add white flour and knead to make a ball of dough.
Make balls about one inch in diameter. Place in cooking pan and flatten slightly with a fork.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 15 minutes, then broil for 5 minutes to brown.

Ingesting marijuana as a drink. This is basically a method of using cannabutter.
http://www.leafscience.com/2014/07/05/make-marijuana-infused-tea/ How To Make Marijuana-Infused Tea
The effects of marijuana tea are felt 30-90 minutes after ingestion and can last 4-8 hours long. If you’re curious, below is a simple recipe that you can try yourself.
Marijuana Tea Recipe
Ingredients
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon cannabutter
1 tea bag
Directions
1. Add the 1 tsp. of cannabutter and tea bag to the cup.
2. Boil the water and pour it in.
3. Let the cannabutter fully dissolve.
4. Remove the tea bag, add milk (optional), and consume.
Total Time: 10 minutes

When to harvest a marijuana plant.
https://youtu.be/lDEmp7iiLp0 Three clues.
1.Pistols (white hairs) are normally white. When about 70% turn orange it is time to harvest.
2.Resin glands go from a clear color to opaque. If 50% are opaque, time to harvest. A 10X eye magnifier is necessary. If any are a reddish/brown color it is definitely time to harvest.
3.The stems are hollow not solid wood, it is time to harvest. Squeeze the stems to test.

Removing the marijuana buds and curing.
http://www.growweedeasy.com/drying-curing#perfectly-cured-marijuana-how-to

1. Cut down branches one at a time. Do not touch the buds. Slow drying is he criteria.
2.Trim away all your big fan leaves, also trim down the little leaves that grow on the buds.
3. Initial drying at room temperature for about 7 days. Hang the trimmed buds upside down for about seven days until dry but not brittle. Temperature about 20C.
4.Place your buds in mason jars for curing and long term storage. The material should be loose not packed. Remove the lid periodically and air out and mix the buds by gently shaking.

Methods of ingestion
http://michiganmedicalmarijuana.org/page/articles/health/ingestion-methods Methods of ingestion

Bhang.

Medical marijuana milk is known as, bhang. To make bhang, warm a quart of milk over low heat, gently stirring. After the milk comes to a slow boil, slowly mix in a 1/4 ounce of medical marijuana. Immediately reduce heat and gently simmer, stirring occasionally and making sure the milk does not scorch.

After 30 minutes remove from heat and pour through strainer. Discard plant material and, after cooling, store your bhang in the refrigerator. Add your bhang to any recipe calling for milk or drink it straight.

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13 December 2016 Dinner

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Dinner: Chicken vegetable soup,Slice of whole wheat bread, bulb of garlic, a few sprouted lentils, glass of mixed juice. All home prepared. The garlic was crushed and set side for about 15 minutes for the enzymes to act, then was lightly fried in butter for about a minute to remove the sting.

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12 December 2016 Chicken Vegetable Soup Dehydrated Powdered

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Three trays of Chicken Vegetable Soup were dehydrated and made into powder for room temperature storage. This is about 12 servings of 30 grams or one ounce mixed with one cup of water to re-hydrate. Pictures depict the process.

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